Hosts The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time  

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List Rules The worst judge and panel members from any talent-based reality competition game shows

Judges are the key part of talent shows, it's their knowledge and expertise that decides which competitors have the skills to win. When talent-based competitive TV shows have bad judges then all the decisions leading up to the final winner can feel arbitrary or based on whim rather than talent. Some of the worst talent show judges make it feel like an entire season of a show was a loss.

Terrible talent show judges on skill-based competitive reality TV shows like America's Got Talent, America's Next Top Model and So You Think You Can Dance will nitpick at one competitor for things they praised in another, or be more focused on a feud with other judges than the effort and growth of the competitors. It's not just cruelty and nastiness that create the worst TV talent show judges, apathetic and ineffectual judges are just as bad. The ones who nod along mindlessly, unable to give feedback or convey why they're qualified to judge any sort of talent, can just ruin a show.

Here's your chance to turn the tables and to vote for the worst talent show judges. Who is the absolute worst? And, if we've forgotten somebody who particularly lacks the talent to be a talent show judge, be sure to add them to the list.

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28 7
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

2
23 6
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

3
26 9
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, Britain's Got Talent

4
20 6
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, Britain's Got Talent

5
21 10
Janice Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model, The Surreal Life, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency

6
22 13
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

7
9 2
L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

8
9 2
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

9
11 4
Gary Barlow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

10
13 6
Santino Rice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race

11
13 6
Nigel Lythgoe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Popstars

12
14 8
Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

13
16 10
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol, The X Factor

14
10 5
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

15
12 7
Kelly Cutrone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model

16
7 2
Mia Michaels is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance

17
9 4
Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars

18
10 6
Delta Goodrem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice, Australian Idol

19
9 5
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Britain's Got Talent

20
9 5
Kara DioGuardi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol, Platinum Hit, The One: Making a Music Star

21
9 5
Georgina Chapman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway: All Stars

22
9 5
Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars

23
9 5
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

24
8 4
Paul Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Great British Bake Off, The American Baking Competition, The Great American Baking Show

25
7 3
Robin Cousins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Dancing on Ice